- In 2016, I was awarded Innovative Chef of the Year by Prochef and Play won Best Newcomer by TimeOut.
I’m really proud to have my dedicated kitchen staff with me and giving their best at all times – I wouldn’t be where I am without them.
The best advice I’ve received is from Chef David Mollicone, who said: "Be humble and cook from your heart. The rest will come naturally." He also said: “Keep your mouth shut, open your ears to hear the melody of the kitchen and open your eyes to watch around you, to minimise mistakes.” And here I am, standing where he used to be.
To have guests returning back to my restaurant is the most rewarding element of my work.
The person I most admire is my mum, she was a single parent taking care of my sister and me and when we were young that wasn’t easy. She’s very kind and forgiving.
My goal for 2017, is to be the first Asian-muslim chef to be recognised by Gelinaz!, the collective of worldwide cutting edge chefs.